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Russia squeezes foreign med tech in state tenders

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06-Feb-15 Foreign producers of medical devices and supplies will be phased out of government tenders in Russia as Moscow strives to curb reliance on imports. Foreign companies’ tender applications will now be denied if there are two entries from Russia or other Eurasian Economic Union members Belarus, Armenia and Kazakhstan. [image: The Moscow Times]

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Vietnam and Japan cooperate on elderly care

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06-Feb-15 A conference to promote cooperation in healthcare between Vietnam and Japan was held in Hanoi in early February 2015. The Deputy Minister of Health said the conference was a good opportunity for Vietnam to learn from Japan’s experience in dealing with an ageing population. Vietnam’s population is quickly ageing and the proportion of elderly people will rise to 10.5% in a few years, making it one of the 10 most rapidly ageing countries. [image: VietnamPlus / VNA]

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Vietnam’s top ten healthcare events in 2014

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06-Feb-15 The top 10 health events announced by Vietnam's Ministry of Health includes establishing a healthcare hotline, amending the health insurance law, the application of modern technology in hospitals and improving the hospital overload situation. [image: Nhan Dan Online / VNA]

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Helping Myanmar Advance towards universal health coverage

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05-Feb-15 The Government of Myanmar signed a new agreement with the World Bank to bring improved maternal, newborn and child healthcare to millions of mothers and their young children. The Essential Health Services Access Project will provide US$100 million in funding for increased and improved coverage of critical health services across Myanmar’s 330 townships. [image: Joint Learning Network]

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Cancer costs could cause additional healthcare burden of USD22 billion for China

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05-Feb-15 A surge in cancer cases would have a paralysing effect on China’s economy, requiring the nation to spend 100 billion yuan (USD21.5 billion) a year, say health organisations and experts. February 4 marked World Cancer Day, during which the World Health Organisation unveiled that 2.2 million people in China succumb to cancer each year. In all, three million people develop cancer each year in China. [image: MaineNewsOnline]

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